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Abstracts From the CSFS Conference (Burnaby, BC, May 8-11, 2013) Workshops

NCJ Number
Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal Volume: 45 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2012 Pages: 109-125
B. Yamashita
Date Published
September 2012
17 pages
This article contains the abstracts for the workshops presented at the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences Conference held from May 8 - 11, 2012, in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Each abstract contains a brief overview of the workshop, the name of the workshop coordinator, and a list of presenters at the workshop. The workshops at the conference covered the following topics: Wildlife Forensics; Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol; Forensic Science: The Bar, The Bench, or Both; Biology - Advanced Mixture Interpretation; Crime Scene Forensics; Pickton - An Overview; and Questioned Documents: Conclusion Scales and Logical Inference. Topics covered in the plenary sessions included Forensics: Public, Private or Partnership?; Cameras in the Courtroom; and Lessons Learned from 9-11 Identifications. Topics covered in the poster session include Intraindividual Variation of Levels of Endogenous GHB in Hair; Accreditation of Forensic Laboratories; A Country Wide Survey of Forensically Relevant Blow Fly Species (Diptera: Calliphoridae), With Particular Focus on the Canadian Near North; Fragmentary Human Remains: Is Diagnosis of Child Abuse Possible?; Forensic DNA Barcoding - Evolution of the MTDNA Sequence; Gaining Viable Fingerprints: An Evaluation and Comparison of Five Blood Enhancement Reagents; and Age and Origin of a Suspected 'Trophy Skull': Multidisciplinary Analysis. Topics covered in the scientific session include Simultaneous Analysis of Cocaine, Its Metabolites, and "Cutting Agent" Levamisole in Whole Blood by LC-MS/MS; Expended Cartridges and Shotgun Shells: Source of Mitochondrial DNA Evidence; and Developing Optimal Techniques for Recovering and Analyzing DNA From Degraded Plant Materials for Forensic Investigations.